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Wycombe Wanderers
League One | Gameweek 23
Dec 23, 2023 at 3pm UK
Adams Park
Port Vale

1 - 1
Port Vale

Sadlier (51')
Vokes (62'), Scowen (64'), Phillips (82'), Taylor (86'), Taylor (88'), Leahy (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Wilson (90')
Smith (57')

Preview: Wycombe Wanderers vs. Port Vale - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's League One clash between Wycombe Wanderers and Port Vale, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Port Vale will attempt to bounce back from an EFL Cup quarter-final defeat when they travel to Buckinghamshire for Saturday's League One clash with Wycombe Wanderers.

The Valiants occupy 15th place in the league table, while the Chairboys are sitting two points further back in 18th position.

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Port Vale manager Andrew Crosby reacts on December 19, 2023© Reuters

Wycombe have experienced a significant drop off in form since they claimed their most recent league win in an away meeting with Fleetwood Town on October 7.

Since beating the Cod Army via a 4-1 scoreline, the Chairboys have gone to draw four and lose five of their last nine league games.

Although they are enduring a poor run of results, they did at least manage to end a four-game losing run in last Saturday's clash with Derby County at Pride Park.

Derby appeared to have snatched all three points when Tom Barkhuizen broke the deadlock in the 83rd minute, but Luke Leahy kept his cool from the penalty spot to rescue a precious point for his side deep into stoppage time.

The Chairboys will now return to Adams Park, where they have lost four of their last league matches (D1) since claiming a 2-0 win over Carlisle United at the end of September.

Port Vale, meanwhile, are set to turn their focus back to league action after their memorable EFL Cup run was brought to an end by Championship side Middlesbrough in Tuesday's last-eight tie.

The Valiants conceded two goals inside the opening 25 minutes of their first-ever EFL Cup quarter-final before Matt Crooks added to Boro's tally in the second period to condemn Andy Crosby's charges to a 3-0 defeat.

While Port Vale proved no match for Middlesbrough, they have fared well in their last two league outings, edging out Exeter City via a 1-0 scoreline before beating Wigan Athletic 3-2 last weekend.

As a result of those two victories, the Valiants will now have the chance to claim three consecutive league victories for the second time this season.

However, that will be easier said than done, as Port Vale have failed to win any of their last eight competitive away games against Wycombe (D4, L4) since recording a 1-0 win in March 2001.

Wycombe Wanderers League One form:

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Team News

Wycombe are still unable to call upon Jason McCarthy, Brandon Hanlan, Freddie Potts and Sam Vokes due to injury issues.

After missing the draw with Derby through illness, forward Dale Taylor could come back into the side to lead the line against Port Vale.

Experienced defender Richard Keogh, who dropped down to the bench last weekend, could also be recalled to feature in a back three alongside Jack Grimmer and Joe Low.

As for the Valiants, they remain without the services of Josh Thomas, Mitchell Clark and Dan Jones, while Ollie Arblaster is expected to miss out after being stretchered off against Middlesbrough in midweek.

Arblaster's fellow midfielder Funso Ojo was also forced off in the quarter-final tie, and he is now a doubt for Saturday's trip to Adams Park.

After featuring as substitutes in midweek, Rhys Walters and Ryan Loft are both in contention to start Port Vale's final away game of 2023.

Wycombe Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Stryjek; Grimmer, Keogh, Low; Sadlier, Scowen, Leahy, Boyes; McCleary, Phillips, D. Taylor

Port Vale possible starting lineup:
Ripley; Debrah, Lowe, Balmer; Massey, Chislett, Garrity, Grant; Devine, Walters, Loft

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We say: Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Port Vale

With just two points separating the sides in the League One table, we expect Saturday's contest to be a close-fought affair.

Although the visitors will be targeting a third consecutive league victory, we think that they may have to settle for a point, especially after drawing each of their previous four away games against Wycombe.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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